Friday, February 5, 2010

Nerd Girl of Note #48

It is one thing to be a Bond Girl. It is another to be James Bond's opposite number. Barbara Bach is best known for her portrayal of "Major Anya 'Triple X' Amasova" of the KGB in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) opposite Roger Moore. Previously, aside from numerous Italian films, she was in Force 10 from Navarone along with Harrison Ford, and future Bond enemy, Richard Kiel ("Jaws"). Unfortunately, things went a bit downhill from there.

In 1980, she appeared in the Mad Magazine film Up the Academy. A teenage military school comedy, which I have seen, but do not remember. She met and eventually married Ringo Starr while filming Caveman (1981), a strange little comedy featuring Starr, Dennis Quaid, and Shelly Long. Atouk (Starr) led a group of outcast cavemen (Quaid, Long, and others) against the massive Tonda and his mate Lana (Bach). They inadvertantly make great strides for mankind, discovering fire, and the wheel. Because they are so successful, Atouk attracts Lana, but he decides to stay with his friend Tala (Long).

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